12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Himeji
— Few hours
3
Kobe
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Osaka
— 2 nights

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Todai-ji Temple, Isuien Garden and Minoo Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Nara Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Midosuji Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, and make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Minoo Park
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Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip app.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kobe online travel planner.

Drive from Himeji to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rurikoin, Kifune Shrine, Togetsukyo Bridge, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip site.

Take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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